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Comics Are Wacky #1: Spider-Man Gives Birth To Himself

I love comics and superheroes. As convoluted as they can be with their lore and consistency, they’re great. But, as can be expected when dealing with aliens, radiation, and normal humans dressed in eccentric costumes who can supposedly beat gods, there’s some…weird stuff to say in the least. Some of it good, some of it bad, some it having no real affect on anything in particular but is just weird anyways.

I’ll randomly being sharing some of these wacky moments either from memory or recent experience. Today, I start with a rather infamous one and one I constantly bring up whenever the idea of “weirdness” in comics is brought up: Spider-Man once gave birth to himself.

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Totally normal.

Yeah, I don’t get it either. This occurred in the Changes storyline, which comes from Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 2) #17-20 in 2004, with the “climax” of this coming in issue #20.

To briefly explain it, there was an enemy called the Queen that had captured Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. She kisses him which basically starts to make Peter sick and transform him. This ends up turning him into a full-on giant spider. The transformation also somehow makes him pregnant(?). The Queen sees him like this and he eventually goes into a seizure (remember, as a giant spider) and dies. The Queen leaves.

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I guess we just call him “Spider” at this point?

She left at just the wrong time to see the “miracle” that came next. Turns out, giant spider Peter was pregnant with another human version of himself, basically the same as he was before, so he still had all his Spider-Man powers and memories and everything, with just a couple add-ons. Now, he has organic webshooters and can talk to bugs now for some reason, which, by the way, hasn’t ever been brought up since then. So basically, Spider-Man turns into an actual spider, dies, and gives birth to himself.

Did that make everything clear? Probably not, but that wasn’t my intention. I’m just the messenger. The whole reason for doing this was basically to give Spider-Man organic webshooters in the comics, just like the Sam Raimi Spider-Man (2002) movie did. Because for whatever reason they both have to be the same and they can’t just exist on their own. Their reason for doing it like this and also randomly throwing in the ability to talk to bugs is beyond me.

So there’s some of the wackiness of comic books for you. I’ll probably think of plenty more to come.

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Hype Culture – The FGC New Game Hype Cycle

Today, a new Dragon Ball fighting game was announced/leaked. There have been multiple Dragon Ball fighting games, but none of them, to my knowledge, are quite deep and complex enough to be a truly competitive fighting game like that of Street Fighter, Tekken, etc. This one is different though. This one is going to be published by Bandai-Namco (those behind Tekken) and made by Arc System Works (those behind Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, other anime fighters). Apparently, it’s going to be a 3v3 game, not too dissimilar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series by the sounds of it. With all these things in play, it has the potential to be an amazing fighting game. Needless to say, all sorts of people in the FGC are hyped about it. One, its a Dragon Ball game and most of the FGC seems to adore that series. And two, it could be a legitimate fighting game because of the reasons described.

Me? I’m very skeptical. Not really of the game itself; I’m fairly indifferent because I’ve never watched/read anything Dragon Ball related but am kind of interested to see how it plays; but of the hype the FGC has. Now, I’ve, unfortunately, become very skeptical and doubtful of many things as life has gone on, but it’s never without some reason behind it. The reason I’m so skeptical of the FGC’s hype behind it, with so many saying they’ll make it a main game of theirs, is because I’ve seen this all before. I’m not some FGC veteran, I’ve only been around since about 2013, 2014, but it’s all vivid in my mind because this happens every time with a new big fighting game.

If you want the TL;DR version, this is how the FGC New Game Hype Cycle basically goes:

  • Initial Announcement Hype: New major game is announced or leaked. Either a new entry in a major, established series or some new(er) IP that shows promise.
    • FGC Reaction: “Looks so good!” “I’m totally gonna main X, Y, and Z!” “I can finally drop this game I claim to hate but it’s the only one I play!”
  • Release Hype: Game is released. Everyone is playing it and trying it out.
    • FGC Reaction: “Yo! Gimme that tech for Char X!” “Trying out this game on my stream, come watch!”
  • Negativity and Doubts Emerge: Within about a month or so of the game’s release and people have vaguely figured out/learned how the game is played
    • FGC Reaction: “Game is trash!” “Too focused on this aspect of FGs!” “So imbalanced…” *other various excuses* *silently drops game*
  • Back To The Status Quo: By the time EVO rolls around, some people are left, but really just the typical community of that game remains. Most if not all non-regulars will have dropped it after a year.
    • FGC Reaction: *goes back to whatever games they typically prefer*

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Injustice 2 – early Green Lantern impressions

Being a legacy character, Green Lantern is still very similar to his Injustice 1 incarnation. Early impressions from other people are saying that he’s overall better, possibly even top 5. This is obviously taken with a grain of salt, even from the people who got it early, but I can see where they’re coming from. I myself am not good enough or knowledgable enough to make these judgements with confidence. That said, I could see him being overall better, the same, and worse all at the same time. I’m definitely wait-and-see on this. I do still have some early impressions based on my endeavors in training mode. I have yet to play any real matches (AI doesn’t count), so definitely take this with a HUGE grain of salt.

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Injustice 2 Championship Series – Oh, We In There!

NetherRealm Studios, for all its flaws, has actually been really good in supporting its dedicated competitive community. With Injustice 2 on the horizon, they announced its own competitive league/eSports thing. It’s not too dissimilar to Capcom’s Pro Tour. They already supported the community in MKX a lot with the huge pot bonuses, ESL, and I think a few other things. But this is “big time” now.

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